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Joel and Ethan Coen Talk with NPR’s “Fresh Air”; “Inside Llewyn Davis” Named Best Picture by Village Voice, Toronto Film Critics

Inside Llewyn Davis: Oscar Isaac w/cat w

Joel and Ethan Coen, the directors and writers of Inside Llewyn Davis, were the guests on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross yesterday. They spoke with Gross about the 1960s folk scene depicted in the film, the cult following of their earlier film The Big Lebowski, the travails of working with cats, and more. You can listen to the complete interview at

Inside Llewyn Davis, already a favorite on many a year-end-best list, has now been named the Best Picture of 2013 by the Village Voice and the Toronto Film Critics Association. Both organizations have also named Oscar Isaac, who plays the title role of Llewyn Davis, the year's Best Actor.

As noted earlier today in the Nonesuch Journal, the Inside Llewyn Davis soundtrack has been named among the Best of 2013 by the editors at iTunes. The soundtrack, produced by T Bone Burnett and Joel and Ethan Coen, with Marcus Mumford as its associate producer, features 12 new recordings created especially for the film and soundtrack, performed by Isaac and fellow stars Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, among others. Also included is a never-before-released recording of Bob Dylan performing his song "Farewell," which was originally recorded during the sessions for his album The Times They Are A-Changin' and is available exclusively on the soundtrack.

Inside Llewyn Davis, now playing in New York and Los Angeles, opens in additional theaters across the United States this coming weekend.

The San Jose Mercury News gives the film a perfect four stars, finding it to be the "Coen Brothers at their finest." Also lauding the film's "wide-ranging, first-class soundtrack," reviewer Randy Myers says: " By signing on Burnett and Mumford to fine-tune the score, the Coens show their commitment to the quality of the music. The haunting and mournful opening and closing song, 'Hang Me, Oh Hang Me,' perfectly conveys the entire tone of the film."

The Oregonian gives it an A, with reviewer Marc Mohan calling it "as flawless as any film this year and rock-solid confirmation that Joel and Ethan Coen are the greatest filmmakers working in America (and perhaps anywhere else) today."

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